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[ek-ster-uh-sep-ter] /ˌɛk stər əˈsɛp tər/
noun, Physiology.
a receptor responding to stimuli originating outside the body.
Origin of exteroceptor
1905-10; extero- (see exteroceptive) + (re)ceptor Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exteroceptor


any sensory organ or part of the body, such as the eye, able to receive stimuli from outside the body Compare interoceptor, proprioceptor
Derived Forms
exteroceptive, adjective
Word Origin
C20 extero-, from Latin exterusexterior + (re)ceptor
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exteroceptor in Medicine

exteroceptor ex·ter·o·cep·tor (ěk'stə-rō-sěp'tər)
One of the peripheral end organs of the afferent nerves in the skin or mucous membranes that respond to stimuli from outside the body.

ex'ter·o·cep'tive adj.
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